Man dies in jump from world's tallest building
The Burj Khalifa towers above the Dubai skyline.
May 10th, 2011
02:06 PM ET

Man dies in jump from world's tallest building

A man committed suicide Tuesday by jumping off the 147th floor of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The man landed on a deck on the 108th floor of the 160-story structure, according to news reports from Dubai.

Dubai police confirmed the suicide, according to a report posted by The Gulf Today.

The man was described as an Asian in his mid-30s.

"The deceased works at one of the companies located at Burj Khalifa itself. We also came to know that the man decided to commit suicide as his company refused to grant  leave," a police official told The Gulf Today.

The Burj Khalifa is 2,716.5 feet tall and is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It officially opened in 2010.

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  1. JohnH

    Always quote dimensions in SI units with optional customary US units. The article should have quoted the height of the building in meters with an optional height in feet.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • taconics

      Americans will never adopt the metric system.... you're beating a dead horse.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      You some kind of commie or something?

      May 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      You're scolding and preaching at the same time. Sounds pompous.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. reality

    And Ur a ar tard

    May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NW1000

    Dummy. He could have at least made it all the way down.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kristal

    trump is 2 smart 2 jump no he would rather us jump but were on 2 him every1 that is except his wife, poor darling haveing his hands fondle her ahhhhhhhhhhh its got 2 b love because no1 is that dumb but she's proving 2 b the laughing stock of new york annnnnnn but shes saying soon he will b gone then its all mine just have 2 remain pageant the days coming relief at last relief at last

    May 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve505

      Any chance you'd like to type that in plain English instead of "High school girl text-speak" so we can understand you?

      May 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      OMG!!!!!! Take out the cat box!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

      May 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. reality

    If I wanted to commit suicide I would just marry courtney love

    May 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • ArchaicRevival

      Ha! That was hilarious 🙂 Cause I would too!

      May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      lol

      May 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Emmanuel Goldman

    That is like saying that someone from Brazil is American. Technically, yes, they are from THE AMERICAS, but in common language, we use the words South American or Brazilian to describe someone from Brazil. Technically, Arab people are Asian, but we refer to them as Arab, not under the more general classification of Asian. Splitting hairs is so silly.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hacker

    Well, the fall can kill you...assuming you have a heart attack before you hit the ground... it can happen.. look it up... hahaha

    May 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Lumbergh

    Hello Peter, whats happening? Ummm, I'm gonna need you to go ahead come in tomorrow. So if you could be here around 9 that would be great, mmmk... oh oh! and I almost forgot ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday too, kay. We ahh lost some people this week and ah, we sorta need to play catch up.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • I really shouldn't be laughing...

      That's hilarious.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hater

    A new world record?

    May 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    Joking at the expense of a suicide victim is not the nicest gesture from people.
    But then, most people aren't nice.
    It isn't nice to call people names, either, even if one feels they deserve it.
    But then, most people aren't nice.

    My condolences to this man's family.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. teresa, snOhio

    what a sad story : ( I'm sure if the his companies CEO or VP needed to take a leave, they would be able too.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tommy potatoes

    Only 39 floors? He could have jumped off a much shorter building for that...

    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. somebody else

    bill clinton tried to convert the US to metric standards, and all the old school folks went crazy. they scrapped that idea.

    it is long overdue.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TP

    The UN needs to take action – Dubai is the new slavery capital – workers are barely paid, over charged for costs, and forbidden to travel or leave. This is Bush's buds town. US needs to cut all Foreign Aid to Dubai, Syria, Israel, and all the middle eastern countries who have princes and dictators in charge.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      1. Do we send Foreign Aid to Dubai?
      2. Israel is a democracy, not a monarchy.

      May 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ike

      My sister-in-law works there and gets to travel and leave the country. So, the blanket statement is false.

      Yes, there are a lot of people mistreated there, just like here in the US.

      May 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Arne

    He got his leave, bless his soul

    May 10, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
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